The IPL’s commissioner, Lalit Modi, revealed a few days ago that out of the many random urine samples that were taken for doping tests, one of them came out positive. As I initially read it, I was cool, thinking “ah it’s positive, so it’s good”. After a few seconds, I realised that positive meant bad, and I delved into the report.
According to Modi, he said that the urine sample would be matched with the appropriate application, and if the player has declared that he used the drug in the application form, then the case is closed.
If not, a “sample ‘B'”, which was provided with the sample ‘A’, would also be tested, and if that is negative, then, again, the case is closed.
If not, the case will then be taken up by the IPL drugs tribunal, comprising of Sunil Gavaskar, Dr Ravi Bapat (ex-Vice Chancellor of Maharashtra University of Health Sciences) and lawyer Shirish Gupte.
Later, yesteday, it was revealed that it was none other than Mohammed Asif, who was detained in Dubai for nearly 3 weeks recently for having hashish in his purse!
A pity, really, this boy is just killing off his career by dabbling with drugs. Undoubtedly, he is “surprised” and “shocked”, but we all know that the repurcussions could be huge this time around. Moreover, the PCB have refused to help him out, saying that they have bailed him out enough times. The PCB have also suspended him indefenitely, and it could possibly result in a life – ban.
However, Asif may have a chance to break out of jail free because the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) rules state that the player’s identity should not be revealed until the sample ‘B’ results come out. Since the IPL have violated this, Danish Zaheer, a medical expert, says that if the lawyers do a good enough job, he might be able to go off scot – free.
Its really sad, I just love his bowling, and he’s a great talent. As I have mentioned before in this blog, he’s McGrath reborn, and I just hate to see him waste his talent like this. But perhaps this is what Aamer Sohail meant, when, during the recently concluded Asia Cup, he said that players are given fame at too early an age nowadays, and they don’t understand the value of playing for their country (or for their club, in this case).
As much as I hate to say this, I think Asif should be given a life – ban. The reason for this is because this is the 3rd time that he’s been caught involved with drugs, and another lifeline would set a bad example to the younger generation, who would feel that as long as you have talent, the selectors and the board won’t care about what you do. It’s high time that Asif learnt it the hard way.
But sadly, I doubt it’ll happen because Pakistan has a history of letting off people for whom they have a soft spot. I don’t know how many of you know this, but, the judge who presided over Wasim Akram match – fixing case revealed last year that he didn’t give a life – ban to Waz because he had a soft – spot for him, and didn’t want to see his great talent go to waste. However, this judge couldn’t find it in him to give a very young Ata-ur-Rehman (a great talent)a lifeline, and got him banned for life (which was overturned 2 years ago).
Another more present case would be Shoaib Akthar. Despite all his child – like stubbornness, he’s another one of those players who was never punished for his behavioural transgressions because everyone had a soft spot for him.
Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against these two. In fact, I feel that these guys are ‘once-in-a-generation’ talents, but the way they have been treated by the Board really doesn’t put the Board in a good light, and is bad for Pakistan Cricket as a whole.
I just hope that they don’t muffle this one up and take every chance to knock him off their roster